Website Updated on 20/06/2024

All Course information on these pages is the 2024 program.  Members who have not enrolled but now want to, need to both  enroll for the new courses, and contact each group's coordinator to ask if they might join.

The June 2024 Tawa u3a Newsletter is available on the Newsletters /  Historical Newsletters page and also the 2024 Full Course Details (20 pages) and the Summary of Courses (4 pages) if you wish to read or print them.  The Financial Audit is also available here.

The latest Newsletter from the Porirua u3a (formerly Mana) is available on the Newsletters/ Newsletters for Various Groups and General page.
Here are two additional special invitations to two of their events:

Our next trip will be on Saturday 15 June to the top of the Wellington Cable Car, where we will visit the Cable Car Museum, have a cuppa at the Cabletop Eatery, and finally visit the Fragrifert Perfumeur next door.

2. Opera Group.  Irene Swadling will start a first gathering at 7pm on Tuesday 18 June at her home Villa 42 in Summerset Village 15 Aotea Drive. 

Further details of thesewo events on Porirua u3a Page

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Special General Meeting

Monday June 24th 10.00 to midday has been confirmed by the bowling club for our midyear meeting.

This will be a special general meeting with the courses slide show to follow.  Please come at 10.00 for tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by the meeting at 10.20.

Agenda for SGM

  1. Check for Quorum
  2. Appointment of secretary and chair 
  3. Request for 2025 courses co-ordinator
  4. Membership cards
  5. 2023 financial papers
  6. 2024 draft constitution 
  7. 2026 subscription 

The New Proposed Constitution

The following is helpful information about the process.

Why do we have to fuss about a constitution?

There has been an international problem about people setting up false community groups, sometimes charities, sometimes community groups, through which they have laundered money made from drug selling etc.

So to prevent this they have passed a law in 2022 which demanded certain ways of behaving in an incorporated society to prevent such dubious uses.

A government department, MBIE, (I am not sure what the initials stand for) designed a online tool to help us write our constitution, with the following headings:

Introductory Rules covering name, definitions and purpose and the Act which sets out the rules, restrictions.

Members including the types of members, consent to be a member, the process of becoming a member, subscriptions, ceasing to be a member.

General Meetings including procedures at these meetings, when held, what business, and special general meetings.

Committee is about how many members of the Committee and what it can do and what powers.

Committee meetings includes quorum and frequency.

Officers includes qualifications or more importantly includes what they must not be (under 16 or an undischarged bankrupt) and how elected and for how long and conflicts of interest.

Records all the information such as a register of members.

Finances includes how controlled and managed.

Dispute Resolution a process to manage a dispute.

Liquidation and removal from the register.

Alterations to the Constitution.


Hope this helps….  Marian Hobbs

Tawa u3a Constitution Documents

Since the meeting on April 16th when everyone who wished made comments, this version 3 has been produced.  We expect no further ammendments will be required and therefore the SGM will be the occasion when this Constitition will be RATIFIED by the members.

If you find some part of version 3 that in your opinion  needs to be amended, then you should submit your proposed ammendment in writing well before the SGM, so that it can be notified to members and voted on at the SGM.

A .pdf version  is now available  on the Newsletters page. while the   .doc version is available by clicking "Constitution" below.


Writing Group Articles   Updated 20/6/24

This  Month's Feature Stories:  First Love Tawa ;  Fire Ball
Older stories:  Seven Reasons Bucket List; Paris Fashions; Italian Republic Day;  Stones;  A Sense of Place  - Lola Gudsell;  I Couldn't Believe He Would Say That -Brian Brasell;  A Challenge; Carpets and Holy Sox;  Birds by Barbara Boivin; Cities; A Saga;  When I Grow Up; The Storm; Padma -about my life; Educating the Neighbours (and Others) – by Ainsley;  I'm Not Dead Yet ; One ANZAC Day; Leaving ; Epidemic of Love ; Book Published

Poetry:  Like Water; Where is My Land;  When I was Young

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Hiking for Fitness and Health   (updated 8/1/24)

U3A members are invited to join an established local hiking group to maintain fitness, health and wellbeing. A medium fitness level is required. We meet at Tawa Rugby Club on Thursdays at 9am, for departure 9.20am. A koha is given to the drivers of vehicles each week.

We hike anywhere in the Wellington region and all are lunch hikes. An email as to where we are going, is sent out by the Group leader on the Wednesday prior to the hike, and their choice of hike is based on weather conditions etc. You will need standard hiking gear plus walking poles if you use them, plus morning tea, lunch and water.

This is a well organized and friendly group.

U3A Contact Allan Johnson    0211381233

Recycling Items
The Tawa Lions are running a recycling project.  You may like to contribute.

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Welcome to Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A is a group of people who are free during the day to gather for activities of interest.

We organise courses to teach subjects of interest like Art , Ancestry or Ukulele.

There are Discussion groups where you can express your point of view, and games both indoor and outdoor.

Talks are arranged on topics of interest like Health, History or Travel. We cooperate with other U3A groups and share sessions.

All up, we offer more than 40 learning and social opportunities at minimal cost.

You are certain to find some things that are of interest to you.  


You can email to any committee members on the "Contact Us" page

How to join U3A

Joining U3A Tawa can be done with a minimum of fuss. An easy way is to ring or email one of our Committee members whose names and contacts appear in the Contact Us page of this site.  You can also use our ENROL page or contact info email at the bottom of this page. The bank account numbers for paying the annual sub are also in the Contact Us page or you can pay to a Committee member. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Welcome to U3A Tawa.

You become a member of U3A Tawa by informing us of your name, address, phone number (and email if you have one) and paying the annual subscription.  You can cease being a member either by asking us to remove your name from our list or by not paying the subscription before May each year.

Coming up in the next seven days...

Monday, 24 June 2024
10:00am - Books2 [BK2] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
1:15pm - 2:30pm - Choir [CHR] (U3A Singers) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church
9:30am - 11:30am - Meccano [MEC] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
10:00am - SGM Special General Meeting for all members Monday 24th June 10 am Tawa Bowling Club -
Tuesday, 25 June 2024
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Quiz [QUZ] FOUR SESSIONS - Tawa Union Church Hall
9:00am - Tawa- Linden Walkers [TLW] RUNS ALL YEAR - Meet at Tawa Junction, Wellington Beds end of car park
Wednesday, 26 June 2024
10:00am - 11:30am - Science, Technology & Us (SCI) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church Hall
10:30am - 11:30am - Play-Reading [PLR] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
Thursday, 27 June 2024
10:00am - Ramblers [RBS] RUNS ALL YEAR - Meet at Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
9:30am - 11:30am - Table Tennis [TTN] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre Hall
10:00am - Computer Chatter [CMP] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church Lounge from April
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [ART] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
Friday, 28 June 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm - Scrap-Booking / Cards [SCB] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Ukulele Strum [UKU] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - 11:00am - Tai Chi [TCM] Jointly with Mana U3A - Tawa Union Church Hall
10:00am - 12:00pm - Petanque [PET] RUNS ALL YEAR - Aotea Lagoon
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